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What is coaching?

Coaching is a non-therapeutic intervention. It is intended for coachees who wish to enhance their performance or improve their work or personal situation. Coaching is not the same as counselling or psychotherapy. It is future oriented - what would you like to happen in the future-, whereas psychotherapy tends to focus on how your past is hindering you. 

 

How can coaching help you?

Coaching can help you finding your OWN answers. Uncover what YOU would like to happen in your life and how to get there.

Coaching is a collaborative process. It is important that you feel you can talk freely and openly, that you are understood, and listened to without feeling judged. It is focused on your personal process and your strengths. This can generate new thinking.

Having a professional that helps clarifying your thought processes and goals can shape your future much quicker than when you have to do it all alone. Reaching out can be hard and it is definitely not a sign of weakness. It might actually be the bravest thing you can do. Remember that many professional sportspeople have their own coach to help reach their goals, so why not you?

We offer a safe, judgement-free and confidential space to reflect on and explore areas of your life with the support of a trained professional. 

 

Can coaching be used for personal and/or professional development?

Definitely! There are many different models of coaching that can be used to further your personal and professional development. We believe in a person-based approach, using science-based tools. This is tailored to your individual needs and context. 

 

How do I find the right coach? Coaching is an unregulated industry... 

How will you know that you are choosing the right coach for you? Coaching is a rapidly growing, unregulated industry which means there are no formal requirements for education and ongoing training for coaches. Knowledge and expertise can vary greatly between coaches. Dr Ira van der Steenstraten has extensive training and experience in coaching, along with expertise in the practice of psychotherapy.  She has also worked in a variety of settings and in various leadership roles across the world. 

It has to feel right when you are choosing your coach. We might have come recommended by a trusted source or be completely new for you. 

You can book an initial Introductory Call here, with a maximum of 15 minutes which is free of charge. If you would like to talk longer (between 15-30 minutes), the cost is $100.

This introductory call provides an opportunity for us to get to know each other, discuss your goals, and determine if our coaching is the right fit for you. It allows us to explore your needs, clarify expectations, and address any questions or concerns you may have. This call is complimentary and provides a valuable foundation for our coaching journey together.

 

How do I book a coaching session?

If you decide to proceed with personal coaching sessions, the 1:1 coaching sessions are just the thing for you. At Vitae Wellbeing Leadership we offer tele coaching sessions via Zoom or Teams for convenience, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, without limitations on geographical location. To book your session, click HERE

What do others say about working with us?

Mary, Senior Management

“She is trustworthy, always encouraging, and a patient and insightful guide through life experiences. She can pinpoint the crucial point of a situation and does not fail to leave me with helpful insights, ideas, or questions to ponder. “

Anna, CEO

“She is trustworthy, always encouraging, and a patient and insightful guide through life experiences. She can pinpoint the crucial point of a situation and does not fail to leave me with helpful insights, ideas, or questions to ponder. “

Jane, DOCTOR

“She is trustworthy, always encouraging, and a patient and insightful guide through life experiences. She can pinpoint the crucial point of a situation and does not fail to leave me with helpful insights, ideas, or questions to ponder. “

Dr S. K. GP

Good speaker. It has been a long time since I looked at myself for wellbeing. This Wellbeing workshop made me realise my own health is at stake. It is an eye opener” 

Dr I. K, GP

“Ira brought and added meaning to my 40 years of general practice, giving me confidence in what I’m doing on a daily basis with my patients.” 

B. B, Lawyer

“I particularly liked the way you used lots of examples and hands on. The slide show was very good and the way you explained about the brain was fantastic. I was very interested in that part." 

B. A, Doctor

I honestly loved this, it was a great session that gave me so much insight and information into self-care that I have been overlooking.

M. H., CEO

“Thank you once again for an excellent short course. As I said on the last night I really felt like I found EXACTLY what I had been looking for. Great quality short sessions and completed within six weeks.

This course has given me knowledge and skills and it has already made a real impact to my day-to-day wellbeing. 

Very pleased I took the next step by doing a course. I'm a convert!"

Intern, Wellbeing at Work

“This program equips us with tools to navigate the unique stressors of life as a junior doctor. Whilst a lot of hospitals/medical education units allude to the importance of wellbeing, this program helps walk the walk and teaches us the ability to manage! 

Best intern teaching this year!”

C. E., Doctor

“This was an excellent program which was straight to the point. I can take a lot away from this and hope to share some of these strategies and resources with my colleagues.”

Participant

“Ira gave a great and lively presentation”

Participant 2

“great session, good speaker”

Participant 4

“Thank you, I took away so much from your presentation. Very useful information and presented in a lively way so I could take it all in.”

Participant 3

“Great speaker, never a dull moment and very informative”

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